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If you're a regular reader of PennLive's Opinion Section, then you probably already know that every weekday morning, as well as Sunday,

It's a daily rundown statewide political stories, campaign events, political happenings, casual gossip and even birthdays, soccer scores and the odd bit of pop music.

I first started the feature way back in 2005 when I started "Capitol Ideas," a daily political blog that I wrote for The Morning Call of Allentown. I wanted it to be the Pennsylvania equivalent of Mike Allen's "Playbook. In other words,an indispensable guide to everything that happens in Harrisburg.

One of the more popular features of the Capitol Ideas' "Morning Coffee," and one that I brought with me when I joined PennLive/The Patriot-News in January 2013 was a blurb I christened "What Goes On (Nakedly Political Edition)."

Simply put, it's the schedule of legislative fund-raisers that take place across this town every day. And as I've noted before, these events are embedded in the legislative schedule.

Theoretically, it's possible to meet a lawmaker for coffee in the morning, hand him a check, and then watch as he or she tackles your issue a bit later. You can then meet a lawmaker for a lunch reception, sit back as they vote on your issue in the afternoon, and then meet for post-session drinks to review how the day transpired.

Under current state law, there's nothing illegal about this process. And lobbyists and lawmakers alike insist there's no implicit or explicit quid pro quo involved. Instead, both sides say it's more about developing relationships and exchanging information.

But as I've written before, it's hard not to conclude that these events create the kind of access to power that a regular voter could only dream about. And that renders the playing field fundamentally uneven.

For instance, if you were strolling around Harrisburg on Wednesday, and were somehow able to clone yourself, here's the schedule of fund-raisers you could have attended:

8 a.m.: Breakfast for Rep. Bill Kortz

8 a.m.: Reception for Sen. Larry M. Farnese, Jr.

8 a.m.: Breakfast for Rep. Patty Kim

8 a.m.: Breakfast for Rep. Ryan Aument

8 a.m.: Breakfast fro Rep. Bob Godshall

5:30 p.m.: Reception for Gov. Tom Corbett

If you'd ridden the circuit and gave at the max at all these events and you would have written checks totaling ,300.

Some states ban fund-raising during the legislative session. Others require lawmakers to empty their campaign coffers before voting sessions begin -- all the better to draw a bright line between the political and policy seasons.

And after the events of the last few weeks, which have seen revelations that elected officials were allegedly caught on tape accepting cash and gifts in exchange for votes, they are ideas worth discussing.

But right now, there is something you can do: Lawmakers in the House and Senate are pushing bills that would ban cash gifts. That's a good first step. But nothing less than a full ban on all gifts will do.

So click on the link below and join our petition drive to get lawmakers to pass, and Gov. Tom Corbett to sign, a full gift ban for state government.

We're gunning for 1,000 signatures. And when we hit that target, we'll present the petitions to legislative leaders as evidence of public support and hold their feet to the fire to honor the public's will.

Make your voice heard. Sign the petition and take our poll:

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